Today is kind of a momentous occasion but not in a good way. By now you should probably know that when it comes to the mobile messaging app Kik, I never fail to mention that the platform is inhabited by sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. Today, we get to add a fourth category of Kik denizen, the child trafficker.
44-year-old Thomas Bowles of St. Charles County, Missouri has been federally indicted on charges of child sex trafficking. Bowles is accused of allegedly using Kik between January 2016 and August 2020 to recruit two underage girls into prostitution. Bowles is said to have coerced the two girls into working for him.
Not surprisingly, Bowles is a registered sex offender. In 2002, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison on statutory rape charges. Also not surprisingly, it doesn’t appear that Bowles served the full sentence.
Investigators are asking the public for help in identifying any other victims Bowles may have.
Please contact the St. Louis County Special Investigations Unit at 314-615-8618 with any information.
Again, I have to reiterate that social media is where a lot of child trafficking is actually happening. It’s not happening in the basements of pizza parlors that don’t even have basements. It’s not happening through online furniture outlets. It’s happening on platforms and services that you use every day.
Not only that but child trafficking has been going on online since before the days of MySpace. It didn’t just start with the advent of right-wing conspiracy theories that started on 4chan of all places.
If you want something more to be done about child trafficking then learn how it really happens instead of following idiotic QAnon hashtags.